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Hometown director hopes religious theme helps make mark in Hollywood

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- If you don't know the name John Ward, you might soon. He's trying to make his mark on Hollywood with a new movie with a religious theme.

Ward got his start in film after his sister got a role as an a stand-in for Drew Barrymore in "Firestarter," the movie that first brought Hollywood to Wilmington. He saw how the business worked and was confident in his ability to direct his own films.

"Director says, 'Action!' Drew comes in, 'Daddy! Daddy!' and he says cut, and I turn to my parents and say, 'I can do that!' Ward said.

Ward just released a movie called "I Am," which centers around the Ten Ccommandments. Ward says the movie offers an insight into the nature of god and fights the stereotypes about him through a plot built around people violating the Commandments.

"The story follows those Ten Commandments one by one, and 10 different peoples lives begin to intersect, and it's people who don't even know each other based on the choices they are making," Ward said.

Making the movie had its ups and downs, but he loved it..

"I mean, the all for one and one for all mentality is just... there aren't words to describe it," Ward said.

Ward chose a religious film because he says when we are faced with hardship we ask, "Where are you God?" and "Do you really care?"

Ward did double duty while making "I Am." He directed and played one of the main characters.

"When you direct and act in a movie, you can't get in trouble with the director, so that's the good thing," Ward said.

Ward tries to come back to the Port City as often as he can.

"We're here at least twice a year, but we try to get back even more than that," he said.

We could see a lot more of Ward around here soon. He's been given the go-ahead for a new movie called "Heart of the Country," which he hopes to shoot in Wilmington.

For more information on "I Am" and where you can see it visit

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importance of religion

with all the anger in our world you have to wonder if he will succeed--it's tough to have faith some days